Kasparov Chess Foundation to Host University Cup Online Global Tournament

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The Kasparov Chess Foundation announces the second annual KCF University Cup to take place online, February 5 - 6, 2022. The tournament is open to teams from colleges and universities from all over the world.  

The KCF University Cup is an international online event open to teams from a post-secondary school (university, college, community college, etc.) and players enrolled in at least one class for the January 2022 semester. A team consists of four players plus two alternates. There is no entry fee for teams to participate in the University Cup, and this year will enforce a rating cap, with no team allowed an average rating exceeding 2400. 

The 2022 KCF University Cup will be a nine-round team, Swiss system tournament over both days, using a rapid time control. The event will be played on the free and non-commercial chess platform lichess.org

First place winning team will receive the KCF University Cup, as well as an exclusive team training session with legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov. The top team in the U2200 category will also receive an online team training session with Kasparov. Plaques will be awarded to the top-three teams in the overall standings, as well as to the top team in each the U2200, U2000 and U1800 rating categories. Plaques will also be awarded to the top team per FIDE Continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe). In addition to the prizes above, another plaque will be awarded to the top "Mixed Doubles" team – two males and two females to represent the school on each day.  

The Kasparov Chess Foundation established a multinational team of officials and organizers to ensure a fair and friendly competition. These officials include:  

  • Michael Khodarkovsky, Kasparov Chess Foundation President 
  • Grandmaster Alex Onischuk, US Chess College Committee Chair  
  • International Arbiter Grant Oen, Chief Arbiter  
  • International Arbiter Ignatius Leong, Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific Director 
  • Graham Jurgensen, KCF Africa Director  
  • Grandmaster Zlatko Klaric, KCF Adriatic Director 
  • Grandmaster Darcy Lima, KCF Lusophone Director  

For complete rules and registration details, visit kcf.chessstream.com or send an email to KCFUniversityCup@chessstream.com with any questions. 
About Kasparov Chess Foundation  
Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.